Vegetables for dinner

Like many of you I learned what to eat from the people I was raised by. As I got older and was able to make my own food decisions, I started eating a mix of what my family and friends ate. Food is such an experience! I mean everyone loves food, and that wicked dopamine rush you get and orgasm like happiness while you chew and swallow your food. More than anything what pairs best with your food is not a good wine, although that does go really well, is the people that you are sharing your food with. They’re as much a part of the experience of the food you’re eating, and some of those delicious foods bring back fond memories. The old saying is true and birds of a feather flock together. So, naturally you eat like the people you spend the most time around.

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Well that all makes plenty of sense, but how your friends and family are eating matters. It influences your food decisions and your lifestyle choices. If you’re into skateboarding, you hang around people who skateboard, and if you hang around people who like to go out to eat, guess what? You’ll end up liking to go out to eat. Hindsight is 20/20, but hey that’s show biz baby! Growing up mom would almost always have plate to where I wasn’t sure if she liked the food or not, except when we went out to eat. Dad, the ever-picky eater even to this day, would pile heaps of the foods he liked onto his plate. We didn’t eat a lot of vegetables, and when we did, they were often cooked down in butter, for so long they went soft and lost the nutrients in them, or some combination of the both.

On My Own From Here On Out

What does that play out like as a young adult? You guessed it, me making my own unconscious decisions around my food. Let me tell you, fries are a god send, and if you say otherwise, we need to have a talk about how tacos are a close second. A solid gain of close to 100 pounds later I had to change something. So many things went through my mind. Where do I start? What am I doing wrong? How did this happen without me noticing? Don’t worry that’s a stage we all grow through on our personal fitness journeys. At the time, I was heavily influenced by the movie “forks over knives”, but I didn’t even really like vegetables so the idea of being a vegetarian was outside my grasp by a long shot.

A Vegetarian Becoming

Eating fruits and vegetables, my weakest spot in my diet, was where I decided to start. Slowly, I started leaning into my fear of certain foods with the goal of if I saw a fruits or vegetables that I would prefer to have them on my plate. As goals do if you lose focus, they come and go. 3 wonderful ladies later who all had fantastic dietary choices, and 5 years later I have finally arrived!!!!! Proof that behind every great man, there is an even greater woman! Much respect to the ladies of the world.

I’m sure at this point, you have seen the movie “Game Changers” and how you can be a healthy person while eating vegan. A goal long forgotten, so much so I had sworn at one point I would never be vegetarian… resurfaced. I’m a big believer in the law of attraction, and I had called it in from the universe all those years ago. With a little tap on the shoulder saying “hey, remember that thing you wanted years ago” the universe was presenting me the choice. To say I was into the idea after watching would be an overstatement. I had so many reserves, and as someone who is more than obsessed with fitness now, I had to do my own research.

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First Step to Being Good, Is Being Bad

Going in, I knew I was going to rely really heavily on meat alternatives like tempeh, and tofu. Being a believer of sucking a something being a steppingstone to being great at it, I decided to run the experiment on myself. That experiment turned into less trying it, and more just doing it. I have been vegetarian for about 5 months now, and I don’t see an end in sight. I’m not claiming it to be the diet for everyone by a long shot, but it is the diet that is working for me, and that’s the most important thing about diets.

Things You Should Know That Aren’t Propaganda

If you think it is something that you want to do, full disclosure, it’s a huge learning curve. You have to learn how to eat out all over again. You have to rethink protein, and that can be huge hurtle for a lot of people, which is why I initially put a reliance on the alternatives. Your partner may not be supportive at first, but if they love you they’ll make it work because love always finds a way. It can definitely make an easy target for people to poke fun at you. Remember, people don’t like different, and different makes an easy target to poke fun at. Make to order up an extra helping of thicker skin if you have people like this in your life. Your living your life for you and not them anyway, so if it is working for you and makes you happy forget about them.

The Future of the Blog

It is my prediction, that plant-based eating is going to be the wave of the future, but not anytime foreseeable. What does this mean for the blog, nutrition coaching, and personal training. It means moving forward we will be posting more vegetarian and vegan content. As we gather more fitness professionals and bloggers to our team, content will always vary. It also means, that moving forward we are still going to coach our clients in whatever diet works for them, just as soon as I graduate nutrition classes, but in the future I plan to specialize in vegetarian and vegan diets. However, it also means we are niched up a bit, and we will likely find more vegetarian and vegans visiting our blog. Additionally, personal training won’t change. You’re still going get in the best shape of your life with meal plans and personal coaching that is focused on you and what works best for you.

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Hey there! My name is Hampton Tyler and I help others achieve their dream physique and fitness goals. I am certified in general nutrition and personal training. I have over 6 years in sports fitness and bodybuilding combined. Even now I am still learning new things all the time.

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